1. Set up shot of IDF spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, Israeli military spokesman:
"Well the situation currently is that Hamas and other terrorist organisations from the Gaza Strip have fired more than 400 rockets and missiles at Israel aiming for Israeli civilians. What you can see behind me is an Israeli house. We're standing in Ashkelon which is a regular Israeli city. Approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) away from the Gaza border. And what Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have tried to do is to fire rockets at Israeli civilians in order to kill Israeli civilians. Out of those 400 rockets that have been fired, we have been able to intercept more than 100 of those. Unfortunately, a few rockets have been able to impact and we have had casualties civilian casualties inside Israel which is what Hamas and the other terrorists have been aiming to do so. "
3. Cutaway of Conricus
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, Israeli military spokesman:
"Our response has been to focus first and foremost on the defence on the ground making sure that Hamas and other terrorists are not able to infiltrate into Israel and to terrorise Israeli civilians on the ground. For that purpose, we have enhanced our troop presence on the ground. Second, our aerial defence against rockets that have been fired from Gaza towards Israel. As you can see behind me. And the third aspect would be our retaliatory strikes that we have responded to the aggression from the Gaza Strip. And we, unlike Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, have responded against military targets only, whereas terrorist attack civilians, we target terror and we have struck more than 100 military targets inside the Gaza Strip. That is in order to deliver a message to Hamas that this rocket barrage on Israeli civilians is totally unacceptable. We will not stand for it and we will make sure that Hamas understands that there is a price to attacking Israel in such a way. We stand ready to continue these operations as we should be guided by the Israeli cabinet and government and we are ready for different scenarios and developments."
5. Set up shot of police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld
"The Israeli National Police are continuing to heighten security in and around the different areas of the country with focus on the cities in the south. As a result of the direct strikes that have taken place over the last 24 to 48 hours where there has been more than 400 rockets that have been fired from the Gaza Strip, inside Israel and with more than 100 interceptions by the Iron Dome. Here where we are, in Ashkelon, there was a direct strike where one man was killed, one woman was injured seriously. Altogether over the last 24 hours 71 Israelis have been taken to hospital in light condition after being injured from the rockets that have struck. When the sirens go off it's critical to go inside the safety zones and extra police units will continue to respond. Bomb disposal experts will be at each and every strike, if necessary."
7. Wide of building hit by rocket fired from Gaza that left one dead
Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel early on Tuesday, killing a man in a strike on a residential building, and warning they would escalate their attacks if Israel continues bombing targets in the Gaza Strip.
The cross-border attacks, which were triggered by a botched Israeli undercover raid into Hamas-ruled Gaza late Sunday, marked the most serious escalation since an Israel-Hamas war in 2014.
The Israeli military said some 400 rockets and mortars have been launched from Gaza since the current round began on Monday afternoon, with about 100 of them intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defence system.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Israeli warplanes, tanks and naval vessels were involved in strikes against military compounds, observation posts and weapons facilities belonging to the two main Gaza militant groups behind the attacks â€” Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.
He said the Israeli military has enhanced its deployment along the border but had yet to mobilise its reserves.
He said Gaza militant groups were believed to have an arsenal in excess of 20,000 rockets and mortars of different caliber and range.
On Tuesday, Gaza's health ministry said two Palestinians in their 20s were killed in separate airstrikes, raising the number killed since the Israeli offensive began Monday to six, including four militants.
At least 25 people have been wounded.
Israeli medical officials said a 48-year-old man was found early Tuesday under the rubble of a building hit by a rocket in the southern city of Ashkelon.
Relatives in the West Bank town of Halhoul identified the man as Mahmoud Abu Usbeh, a Palestinian labourer who had been working in Israel.
He left a wife and six children behind.
At least 20 people have also been wounded in Israel, three critically, according to medical officials.